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Fourth of July fun

July 16, 2012

(still playing blog catch-up from my extended absence!)

It was like 100 degrees here on July 4.  And I dragged Jason & Lilly to the local parade, all of us clad in our red, white, and blue.  It seemed like something we’re supposed to do as parents, even if she is too young to score us copious amounts of free candy.

We got to the parade late, but managed to find a spot in the shade towards the end of the parade route… about 20′ off the street, behind the cotton candy/popcorn/lemonade truck.  It was really hot and we were grateful to find any shaded spot.

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Lil was grateful to find a stick to chew on play with.  Also, we forgot a blanket, but I’m chalking that up to being parenting newbees.

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I don’t know if it was the heat, my inflated expectations due to my own happy childhood parade memories, our crappy location towards the end of the parade, or what, but the parade sucked.  Do all parents feel this way?  I mean, it’s like they let any Joe Schmoe with a tractor or a landscaping business join the parade.  We live in the country.  We see tractors every day.  Maybe you could at least run some red, white, and blue streamers off your trailer?  Decorate your landscaping truck with balloons at least?  It was sort of like an incredibly hot hour long set of really really boring commercials.  I was expecting real floats, like the kind we constructed of toilet paper and chicken wire for homecoming in high school (before someone set our lovely TP creations on fire and the school banned homecoming floats).  Pretty much the only redeeming factor of the parade was that people were throwing candy.

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Also, a note to the dance troupe girls and karate kids: when you all sit on the float and look bored, it doesn’t make me want to sign my daughter up.  Get out on the street and show off  your moves!  Impress me!

And a final note before we stop the parade bashing: I just don’t think it’s appropriate, Little Caesar’s Pizza, to have 14 year old girls in tight t-shirts (tied up to show midriff, of course) that say, “HOT & READY”.  Not cool.

When we got home, I suckered everyone into taking family photos.

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We even got the dogs in on the action, their cooperation made easier by the heat.

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And then we spent the rest of the day inside, enjoying our air conditioner. :)

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2012 1:15 pm

    Kudos for going to the parade and being the spectators their to support the efforts of the hot, costume clad children entertaining the crowd…sorry to hear there weren’t any!?! We went too and scored some major candy but the favorite was the icee handouts! No color guard? No soldiers? I go to help instill patriotism and to honor the servicemen….after all, they are currently baking in 120 degree heat so the least we could do is spend an hour at 100 degrees, safe and secure on our own soil, right? Happy Fourth of July, sorry your parade was so lame!

  2. July 16, 2012 1:47 pm

    Our memorial day parade this year stirred up similar feelings. I felt old and lame. And sweaty. At least you guys looked cute in your pictures!
    And, man, while I hate the heat, I do enjoy how placid it makes our kinda-crazy dog.

  3. Elizabeth permalink
    July 16, 2012 2:50 pm

    That family photo may be one of my most favorite ever! You all look great! And the dogs?! Perfect! (PS – you’ll have to tell me what you did to Jason to get him to wear red, white and blue.)

  4. July 16, 2012 3:13 pm

    I always thought parades were lame even when I was a kid. :)

  5. Katie permalink
    July 16, 2012 5:09 pm

    love the mention of the high school float debacle!

  6. Debbie permalink
    July 17, 2012 8:25 am

    I love the family pictures! We skipped our hometown parade to go to Kevin’s parade. That parade was good especially since Lucy scored that ribbon for winning the bike race. Next year will be even better for you since Lilly will be able to respond more to the excitement!

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